The Week That Grew Wings and Flew

The Week That Grew Wings and Flew

How can it be Thursday night already?!?!?  This week has just flown by.

Monday:

Earnest Eats Asian Blend with vanilla whey protein powder and a sprinkling of unsweetened coconut, with an egg on the side.

Egg and Earnest Eats

I think I tested my sugar after this, but I can’t find my notes from Monday!  :O

Ross and I had to run some errands at lunch, so we stopped in a pizza place called Taste of Italy for some grub.  I had a small antipasti salad and some fried zucchini.  I remember that my number was a little high after this because I thought it was strange because the zucchini didn’t have THAT much bread.

For dinner I made this African Peanut Stew.  Ross balked when I told him what I was making, but it ended up being really good.  Here it is in the beginning stages:

Base for Peanut Stew

And finished in the pot!

Peanut Stew in the Pot

We had it in bowls over brown rice.  I only had about 1/3 of a cup of rice since the soup had a lot of edemame and some sweet potato.

Peanut Stew in the Bowl

Again, I lost my notes from Monday, but my number was very high after dinner.  It think it was around 150 at the 1.5 hour mark. My goal is approximately 130 for 1.5 hours.  Now is where I have to confess that as I was finishing the soup I had some PBJ crusts from Nick and Rio’s sandwiches (I didn’t know if the soup was going to be spicy or if they would eat it.)  So, I was eager to try the leftovers without the PBJ factor and the rice to see if it was ok on it’s own.

Tuesday:

We had Breakfast Fried Rice on Tuesday morning, which is so delicious.  I make it every now and then when we have leftover rice.  I don’t measure everything exactly and I always cut the soy sauce and vinegar back by about half.  So yummy!

Breakfast Fried Rice

I had to do some shopping after breakfast so I didn’t get a reading.

For Tuesday’s lunch I tried the peanut stew again with no rice and no PBJ interference.

1.5 Hour After Meal Blood Sugar = 115  Yay!  The peanut stew is redeemed!

On Tuesday night I went to a local bar/restaurant called Taps for a Mom’s night with some ladies from my playgroup.  Ross’ parents brought over some Costco deep dish pizza and I had a few bites of Rio’s before I left.  :D   At Taps I nibbled on a couple of their “tarts” which were like little calzone type things.  They were tasty.  I also had a glass of Pinot Grigio.  It was a really fun night!!!!

Wednesday:

I had to pick the kids up early from daycare on Wednesday because the lovely Miss Ashley is having a baby and had her big 20 week ultrasound scheduled (so exciting!!!), so in an effort to try to get the kids out the door earlier to give me more work time we headed out to our favorite breakfast joint…..McDonalds!  I had a Sausage mcMuffin with Egg.  Not healthy…..but how do people resist these things?  They are sooooo yummy!

For lunch I used the leftover Ranch Chicken from Sunday night and made a Southwestern Chopped Chicken Salad based on this recipe. The dressing was really good.

Southwestern Chicken Salad

1.5 Hour After Meal Blood Sugar = 106

Banana blueberry smoothies made a great afternoon snack!

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

I planned to make fish tacos for dinner, but I ended up having more of a “taco bowl.” There are some beans and rice on the bottom, then shredded cabbage (coleslaw mix), shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes and the crowning glory……Skotidakis Jalapeno Greek Yogurt!  I had a low carb flour tortilla on the side.  I don’t love them, but I want to finish up the ones I have.

Tilapia Taco Bowl

1.5 Hour After Meal Blood Sugar = 95  :)   (goal = 130)

Before bed I unpacked my weekly Nature’s Garden Delivered Box.  :)

Nature's Garden Delivered Box Contents

Thursday:

Finally…..we’re up to today.  Whew!

Rio was sleeping late this morning, so I used the extra minutes to whip up a batch of blueberry pancakes in my Vitamix.  I use a recipe in my Vitamix cookbook which is for cranberry oatmeal pancakes, but instead of using the dried cranberries I usually add a different fruit like blueberries, bananas, etc.  These cakes have whole wheat flour, oats, almond milk, sunflower seeds, and blueberries.  I added a half of a dropper of vanilla creme liquid stevia for some sweetness.

Blueberry Oatmeal Whole Wheat Pancakes and Eggs

1 Hour After Meal Blood Sugar = 133 (goal = 140)

For lunch I had peanut stew again!  We had a lot leftover, so there are a few more bowls in my future.  I don’t mind though.  It’s tasty and it feels healthy.

For dinner I made Emeril’s Vegetarian Chili and grilled cheese sandwiches.  I topped my chili with diced avocado, chopped cilantro, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips.  Rio and I shared a slightly burnt grilled cheese.

Vegetarian Chili and Grilled Cheese

1 Hour After Meal Blood Sugar = 135 (goal = 140)

I’m trying to put some structure into my weekly meal planning.  I’m want to generally include two vegetarian or vegan meals, two fish based meals, and then meat recipes for the other three days if we don’t eat out.  I’m also thinking of starting a weekly family “happy hour” where we have finger foods and fun drinks for dinner.  Nick likes “snacky” meals.  :D

I started the BodyRock TV 30 day challenge up again on Tuesday.  There have been two workout days and one rest day so far.  Tomorrow will be another workout day.  The workouts are very short, but so hard for me!  Lisa, the instructor, is so freaking buff!

As I’m typing this up I’m watching a recorded episode of Nashville.  I heart Connie Britton!  <3  She will always really be Tammy Taylor to me though (from Friday Night Lights.)

Unfortunately, I think the reason Rio was sleeping so late today was because she’s coming down with something again.  Her nose was running like a faucet today.  Poor Sissy!  I hope this doesn’t start another disease chain here!!

Take care everyone!